Russia 'tried to hack Foreign Office', says British diplomat - COMMENT
Following the announcement from a British diplomat that Russian cyber intelligence officers attempted to hack the UK's Foreign Office, Mishcon de Reya Cyber Intelligence Director Mark Tibbs said:
"Governments spying on governments is not a new phenomenon, but it is now being played out in cyberspace on a regular basis.
"This latest news should come as no surprise to anyone who has been keeping up with cybersecurity developments in recent years, during which we have seen government-backed attacks and not just from Russia. The UK itself has acknowledged its own "offensive cyber capability" which is essentially the country's own ability to hack potential enemies.
"What is unusual in this case is how open the UK and its allies are willing to be about the activity - possibly to embarrass the Russian authorities and to pressurise Russia into restraining its activities. The Dutch authorities today have also revealed significant details of a thwarted attack against the OPCW, the chemical weapons watchdog in the Hague, and have promised more details will come from a US DOJ indictment this afternoon. The information made public included video footage and passport details of the suspects. Many are likely to view this concerted effort as a direct response to the Salisbury attacks.
"These revelations do not represent an escalated threat of cyber-attacks in the immediate future - the tactics that were revealed were conventional and related to email security.
"There can be costly incidents for businesses stuck between two sides of a conflict like this. Those businesses with a strong national brand with close associations to Russia or the UK are most at risk as they may be considered a proxy for their home country.”
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